After a run of three wins, Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas is feeling the pressure again after a draw with Highlands Park and loss to Polokwane City. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG – Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas reckons the biggest mistake they can commit is to undermine their opponents.

After a false start in the Absa Premiership, Chiefs looked to have turned the corner when they bagged three consecutive wins.

But their progress came to a halt in their last two games as they drew to Highlands Park and lost to Polokwane City.

“It’s not easy at all this season because the results are balanced,” Solinas said.

“If most games end in a score of 1-0 or 2-1, that means every game is difficult.

“We need to make sure we prepare well for each game and not underestimate opponents, because everybody can beat you.”

The 3-2 loss to SuperSport United over the two-legged MTN8 semi-final encounter, meant that Chiefs’ three-year barren run continued.

However, this year’s Telkom Knockout will give them another opportunity to make amends for the disappointment they endured early last month.

The Amakhosi will open their last-16 match against Black Leopards, who’ve had a roller-coaster of results in top-flight football so far.

“We have to respect Black Leopards, and personally, I don’t underestimate them. They started well in the league, so it’s a very tough game for us.”



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